Magick,  the writing life

Day 7: Don’t Say Fuck (Again) #DoMagick

Today’s morning yoga (I did a video, Rodney Yee’s Yoga for Energy & Stress Relief) brought about a profound realization about the schedule. As many of you know my schedule kind of spun out of control this summer and I’ve been overwhelmed by it. But I’m slowly regaining control with the help of Colleen Story’s Overwhelmed Writer Rescue. Today’s realization is that I DO have time for everything going on, if I don’t hand over my time to BEING overwhelmed.

Analysis Paralysis and procrastination due to a large to-do list. I need to start prioritizing. Not everything is so equally important that I need to put the truly important things on the back burner. It really is all about priorities – and fear (again this rears its ugly head). After all, I wrote 8+ books while working a full-time 50+ hour a week day job before. Why today is any different is beyond me. I have more writing time now, and yet I spend at least two or three hours a week stressing about the schedule instead of writing/editing.  I keep wondering if part of this doesn’t have to do with losing two editors (both who were loved dearly) in the same year. One to cancer, and the other to the daily grind (and I still love her dearly). So there’s some fear there in working with a new editor. It also doesn’t help that I’m high strung.

I have noticed some marked relief after reconfiguring the Sorath model. Relief was almost instant and getting things cleaned up only took me a day, which tells me the model is working as it should be.  I’m rather pleased with the results so far.  So, now that I’m caught up – it’s time to prioritize and start back down the road to productivity. Will I lose a few writing days to bookish events between now and November – yes. Will I get what I need to get done, done? Also yes.

Today’s cards:

  • ANCHOR (Nine Spades): Security and successful ventures.
  • MAN (Ace Hearts):  I will be assertive and take charge of my career.
  • CLOVER (Six Diamonds):  New opportunities!

Other considerations (wherein I look at the card insert meanings as well, i.e. the regular playing cards) –  Communication and relationships will lead to career success (potentially even a writing paycheck). And growth opportunities in writing.

So overall, I think this reading is telling me that the conference will be a great success and I’ll make some new connections that will lead to some opportunities for success in my writing career.

Are you curious how I did that? So, when you’re reading regular playing cards, Diamonds = tarot disks/coins (earth), Hearts = tarot cups (water), Spades = swords (air), and Clubs = wands (fire).  Obviously, the keywords associated with each element/suit would apply.

In this reading – the numbers nine, ace, and six also have a meaning. Nines indicated desire, things we wish for, and growth. Aces are beginnings and opportunities. Sixes indicates patterns and communication. These numbers can also have the exact opposite meanings depending where they are in the sentence and which cards are around them. The Lenormand cards are somewhat genius in their inclusion of the playing card inserts. It gives deeper, more precise meanings.

So when you combine –

  • ANCHOR – not only does it represent security (building foundation) and a successful venture, in this respect it also means thinking about our desires. Planning to reach goals and that sort of thing.
  • MAN – not only represents me and my situation, but indicates that I’m taking charge and being proactive. Combined with the insert suggests an emotionally gratifying new beginning because of this and potentially new relationship connections.
  • CLOVER – not only is it heralding new opportunities, it’s suggesting potential monetary gains via communication. Being that I’m a writer, I am making a leap to suggest that in this sense, we’re talking about written communication (hence writing work).

Interestingly, when you do a 3 or 5 Lenormand card reading – your center card should, technically be the one you read first.That is the general overall situation. Then you read the cards to the left of the center card, then the ones to the right. Both individually and then in tandem. This is why I have been so reluctant to do a grand Tableau, because a big reading like that could literally take hours to interpret and I want to make sure I have time to spend on it. Maybe lay it all out on the dining room table for half a day so it can sit there for a few hours while I work out everything it’s telling me.

Now I need to start concentrating on not saying FUCK for the entire weekend.  Those who know me know I cuss like a truck driver, and expletives regularly decorate my vocabulary. Probably too much. I don’t want to drop the F bomb in the middle of a conversation – or worse, on a panel or during my workshop.

Don’t say fuck! Don’t say fuck! Don’t say fuck!

Anyhow, off I go. Have a great day and thanks for reading!

Steph is an award winning and bestselling author of thrilling steamy and paranormal romances, dark urban fantasy, occult horror-thrillers, cozy mysteries, contemporary romance, sword and sorcery fantasy, and books about the esoteric and Daemonolatry. A Daemonolatress and forever a resident of Smelt Isle, she is happily married and cat-mom to three pampered house cats. Her muse is a demanding sadistic Dom who often keeps her up into the wee hours of the morning. You can contact her at

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